Drama Recaps
Personal Taste: Episode 5
by | April 18, 2010 | 97 Comments

This coupling is really starting to grow on me. With this episode and the next, we’re seeing the connection grow, and while there are still certain missteps in the pacing/editing of the show, the developing friendship/romance keeps me hooked.

Before the drama aired, I was wondering how the age difference would play out. Funny enough, I don’t think it plays out at all — I don’t think about their ages at all while watching, which to me means they’ve been successful. Lee Min-ho does look younger than Sohn Ye-jin, but not by too much; I think he passes credibly for mid-late 20s, and she looks her age. It works for me.

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EPISODE 5 RECAP

This episode opens with the title splash “Project to Make Her a Woman,” which refers to Kae-in’s request in the last episode to make a woman of her. Right off the we open with a classic misdirect: they awake in bed together — Jin-ho’s — to the shock of both. After the alcohol-fueled activities of the night before, it takes a moment to clear their groggy heads and recall how they ended up here.

A flashback takes us back, when Jin-ho suggests that Kae-in make Chang-ryul regret having left her. She grabs his leg to beg him to help her: “I want to be a woman who’s like a woman.”

While this sounds rather stupid in English, it has a more poetic ring in Korean. She’s not saying she wants to be a woman who is strictly “feminine”; she wants to be a woman who makes people aware that she’s a woman. There is a fine but significant distinction, and I would have major issues with the former (because women aren’t only women if they’re pretty!) but I can see the value in the latter.

Jin-ho, however, interprets that phrase more literally, as most of us probably would. She explains that she doesn’t want to hear those words — that she doesn’t come across as a woman — again. Plus, he ought to understand her feelings, having been born a man but being unable to fully live as one. Y’know, ’cause of the GAAAY. (Will that get old? I suppose so, but I’m clearly 12 because I giggle every time.)

By the time they relocate the drinking to his room, both are speaking in that slow, mumbly way that comes after a sixer of beer. (Or two bottles of soju, in her case. How much do I love that she’s more hardcore a drinker than he is?)

Jin-ho doesn’t want to entangle himself in her life and turns her down. In case she didn’t get it, Chang-ryul broke up with her because she didn’t sleep with him. When a man loves a woman, he naturally desires physical contact, whether it’s holding her or something more.

Kae-in knows this, but wants to be a woman who is loved anyway — a woman who attracts his devotion whether or not she sleeps with the guy. She’s not anti-sex, but would rather have a love that trumps sex.

Back to our morning scene, where Kae-in thanks Jin-ho warmly, saying, “You’re like a friend my mother has given me.” She reminds him that he agreed to help her last night — only, he doesn’t remember because he has blacked out. Or so he says.

Kae-in uses his own tactic against him to invent things he told her while drunk, and when he balks, he gives himself away. He sighs that they can give it a try, even if it seems impossible. Excited, Kae-in hugs him happily, which catches him off-guard and makes him uncomfortable.

In the morning, In-hee rips into a hungover Chang-ryul for not coming home to finish their talk. So much for her insistence that they stay out of each other’s lives — looks like that only goes one way, huh?

In-hee wants him to move out, seeing as she only has about five bucks to her name after spending it all on the wedding. How’s that for some faulty logic for you? (“Landlord, I used all my money, therefore I should stay and you should leave!”) Chang-ryul points out that this is his house, and it was her idea to end the relationship, not his. I’d say he’s got a point.

Kae-in sucks up to Jin-ho to persuade him to begin her makeover project immediately. Using her penchant for sweat pants as a jumping-off point for Lesson #1, he criticizes her practice of going out on dates dressed like this. Kae-in defends her choice, saying that she was so eager to see Chang-ryul that she would run out without changing, but that just proves his point. A man doesn’t want a woman to look too eager or desperate.

A note pops up onscreen to convey this tip: An attractive woman has dignity. In fact, making a man wait can be one of her charms. Jin-ho says that if she can figure out why women always make men wait ten minutes when meeting them on dates, she’s on her way to uncovering the secret to being a real woman. (You mean other than perpetual lateness? So I’ve been a “real woman” all this time by accident?)

A woman must have confidence that a man won’t leave even if she’s late, so Kae-in needs to work on her patience, Jin-ho declares, and orders her to hold her head underwater. She’s ready to pop up immediately, but he holds her head still to teach her patience. Apparently his idea of patience equals greater lung capacity. Hey ladies, didja know that guys really dig girls with big lungs?

The next lesson makes a little more sense as Jin-ho shuts Kae-in in a storeroom and tells her that under no circumstances may she leave the room for an hour. He tests her periodically by suggesting food breaks or faking warnings about fire, and Kae-in gullibly pops out every time, proving his point that she’s too impatient. Isn’t it a comfort to know that the next time there’s a fire, she can stay in the storeroom, confident in the knowledge that she died a patient woman?

(I tease out of affection, really. This exercise is actually applicable to Kae-in because he’s remembering how she jumped to meet Chang-ryul last night, unable to stick to her conviction to ignore his call. She could really benefit by thinking and waiting before acting impetuously. It’s just not so relevant in cases of emergency.)

Now on to comportment lessons. (I love that when he demonstrates how to walk with a light footfall, she’s taking a look at his butt. Hey, no judgment. I’d be taking advantage of any opportunity, myself.)

When she inevitably drops the glass cup from her head and breaks it (cup, not head), he kneels to pick up the broken shards and grumbles about her clumsiness. His words are irritated but Kae-in reads the concern in them, which she finds touching. Smiling warmly, she says, “Let’s be friends for a long time.”

At mealtime, Kae-in faces another tough challenge: restraining her appetite. Jin-ho thinks that most men aren’t attracted to women who gorge themselves, although Kae-in makes a (pretty logical) defense for it. If a woman didn’t eat a thing, couldn’t the man interpret that to mean that she finds his company so distasteful it ruined her appetite? Yup, my gluttony really is praise for my date! I’m totally using that one.

Sang-jun and Young-sun both arrive at the house at the same time, and join the two at the dinner table, making for another awkward conversation of misunderstood innuendos.

Young-sun assumes that Sang-jun is here to see his boyfriend, and makes knowing comments about their relationship that make Sang-jun increasingly confused. Like how he must be dying to see Jin-ho all the time, given how he drops by all the time even though they work together every day.

At first he smiles and goes along, but finally the cat is out of the bag when Young-sun says she’s totally cool with it, and has a lot of gay friends anyway. Kae-in tries to shush her friend, reminding her that Jin-ho hates any mention of his gay status — and, well, there’s no way to misinterpret that, is there?

Jin-ho apologizes to his friend for letting this situation come to this, as both of them have been mistaken as gay. He’s expecting a big reaction, but Sang-jun hilariously accepts this in stride. If this is the only way Jin-ho can keep living here, he’ll have to “help in earnest.” Girding his loins (bad use of phrase?), Sang-jun vows, “I’m not your hyung anymore, I’ll be your lover. It won’t be familiar at first, but you’ll get used to it!”

In fact, Sang-jun embraces this new role with gusto, and gleefully starts to act the part of Jin-ho’s gay lover. Yeah, it’s a cheap gimmick but it’s also hilarious how Sang-jun starts to add effeminate gestures and speech patterns into the mix. (I hope people aren’t offended by Sang-jun’s shtick. It’s his assumption of how he might act as a gay man, not a representation of a REAL gay man, if that makes it any better.)

When Jin-ho kicks him out of his room while the ladies watch, Sang-jun bursts out in a voice that now contains some falsetto, “Honey, let’s talk it out. Honey!” (The word he employs is jagi, which is used here as an endearment.) He tells them sadly, “My honey is so cold.”

Sang-jun explains that Jin-ho’s reaction is because he hadn’t wanted to be outed by other people. He finds a sympathetic listener in Young-sun, who offers encouraging words while he acts hurt over Jin-ho’s indifference to his sensitive feelings.

Sorry to have broken her word again (about mentioning the GAAAY), Kae-in kneels in penitence, holding her arms up like a punished child. We get another sign that he’s softening to her, because even though he brings up their contract — the one wherein she promised never to bring up his sexual orientation — he doesn’t hold her to their terms, and instead gives her one last pass.

Sensing that she’s safe, Kae-in tells Jin-ho she has another job interview, and uses some of her wiles again to beg him to help her. She’s adorable as she pleads in an exaggerated way (not too far off from that Oppa-Pout-Wiggle maneuver that has been known to melt the resistance of more than a few men), and he can’t help it — he smiles a teeny bit too.

Thus Jin-ho ends up mixing a face pack out of household ingredients. Although Jin-ho’s participation is reluctant at best, it’s not too far off from Kae-in’s gay-buddy fantasy after all.

Jin-ho answers a call from his mother, who also happens to be having her own face-mask bonding session with Hye-mi. Kae-in listens curiously, and gleans from the conversation that Jin-ho is speaking with a woman. He has the unusual habit of addressing his mother by her first name, which supports Kae-in’s misconception.

Hearing Jin-ho’s accommodating responses to this woman, Kae-in urges him to nip this thing in the bud. He shouldn’t give women the wrong idea and let them think he’s available! If they have no shot with him, it’s really kinder to cut things off at the start! Or… is he bi? Sighing, Jin-ho informs her that the woman was his mother.

Mention of mothers makes Kae-in wistful to think of her own, and that reaction stirs Jin-ho’s sympathies. He sits by Kae-in and asks about her mother. Kae-in explains that she was five when her mother died, but oddly enough, she doesn’t have any memories of her.

It’s sweet of Jin-ho to suggest that it may be because losing her mother was too much for a 5-year-old to handle, so she subconsciously forgot in order to protect herself. Aww. The thought may well be true, but it’s the fact that he says it in a generous spirit that makes it a nice moment, and Kae-in feels it too. She leans her head on his shoulder and says, “I haven’t told you this, have I? Welcome to my home.”

Too bad that the mask makes them both break out in spots in the morning. Oops! So much for all-natural ingredients! (It turns out that one of the ingredients, a kelp-based powder, triggered the reaction.)

Chang-ryul engineers a run-in with Do-bin at the gym, but unlike Jin-ho, his tactics are pretty transparent. Do-bin receives him with professional courtesy, but also drops a hint that Chang-ryul isn’t exactly making a solid impression, what with his complicated love life. He’s found that people with complicated personal lives may have complicated professional lives as well. As a result, President Han tells Chang-ryul that they’re going to need to alter their game plan.

Meanwhile, Do-bin calls Professor Park Chul-han to request his assistance in judging the project, offering to send the materials to him in England. Apparently this is not the first time Do-bin has made the request, and it’s not the first time he has been declined, either, so he decides he’ll have to try a different tactic.

Kae-in’s interview has been another flop, and she busies herself at home with a new furniture project, painting over discarded items from a neighbor’s trash pile.

Young-sun comments that she and Jin-ho must be getting along now, if they’re giving themselves facials. Kae-in says she’s used to his curt way of talking now, and that every once in a while, he says something quite touching. Reading between the lines (and picking up on Kae-in’s sentimentality), Young-sun warns her not to fall in love with a gay man. That way tragedy lies!

Do-bin rings at the door asking for Park Chul-han’s daughter, and Kae-in panics, thinking that he’s been sent by her father. She’s dead if he finds out that she’s rented the room and taken out a loan!

Her fears are assuaged when Do-bin explains his reason for being here. He recognizes Kae-in from the wedding and the restaurant, and supposes that she’s Jin-ho’s friend. He is also hoping that Professor Park’s daughter might help convince the man to help in his museum judging, but she apologizes for not having that much sway over her father. Do-bin accepts this politely, although he adds that he had thought her quite courageous, but sees that she lacks that confidence when dealing with her father.

At work, Jin-ho and Sang-jun are still trying to crack the nut of Sanggojae’s mystique. There must be a reason for its significance, but they’re not seeing it.

Kae-in calls Jin-ho to check in on him and sighs over failing yet another interview. She asks if he can home early for dinner, and he gives a noncommittal “We’ll see” (which we can interpret to mean “Probably” since he didn’t immediately decline). Sang-jun can’t resist the chance to tease him, and I think I love every single thing this man says. He has way too much fun poking fun at Jin-ho The Newly Domesticated.

In-hee calls to reclaim their promised dinner, however, which delays his evening. He’s reluctant to miss dinner with Kae-in, so he agrees to have a drink and suggests postponing the dinner for a later date.

Manipulative In-hee tells Jin-ho that she WAS going to give him tips regarding an upcoming industry party, “But we won’t have enough time just over drinks.” Shrewd bitch! She’s really earning her hateful evil wench title, isn’t she? I do love to hate her.

Over dinner, In-hee explains how she moved in with Kae-in in her last year of high school, after her parents died. Kae-in kept following her around asking how she could help, but that only made In-hee feel pathetic, which made her want to yell, “Stop pretending to be nice.” She’s expecting Jin-ho to sympathize with her (and I actually can see her point, even if it is ungrateful), but Jin-ho’s a good egg; he responds, “She’s not pretending, she IS nice.”

In-hee says that she since she was always being given things by Kae-in (the word used has the connotation of freeloading), she wanted to steal something from her, to see if she’d still be so nice in such a circumstance. Jin-ho tells her, “That seems foolish. If you chose to betray a friend like that, you should have at least been happy through the end.”

Rather than take offense, In-hee finds comfort in Jin-ho’s words that she was foolish for choosing bad behavior but doing it poorly. If she’s a “clumsy bad person,” at least that means that badness doesn’t come to her easily, right? Ha, that’s not thinking the glass is half-full, it’s like insisting that a glass is nearly full because it’s still got dregs in it. And somehow the word “dregs” seems pretty appropriate when talking about In-hee, doesn’t it?

All the while, Kae-in sets the table and waits for Jin-ho to come home. As the night wears on, she heads outside to wait in front of the gate. It’s sad and you want to yell at her for waiting, but I suppose her steadfastness is part of her appeal, and if she could wait for Chang-ryul, surely Jin-ho’s worth the time.

On the drive home, In-hee can’t reconcile herself to thinking Jin-ho is gay, and asks if he really can’t love a woman: “Why do I keep feeling you are a man?”

(One thing that keeps sticking out to me is the use of “as a man” and “as a woman” in Korean as carrying the weight of cultural expectations in ways that extend far beyond gender. Or should I say biological sex, since gender is a social construct. When I watch the drama, the Korean dialogue doesn’t trip me up, but then I wince when I translate some lines that seem to suggest Jin-ho isn’t a real man because he’s gay. The characters are not putting Jin-ho down as being less than a “real man” — they’re saying that he, as a gay man, is unable to identify fully with the experience of being a mainstream, heterosexual male in Korean society. And when In-hee says Jin-ho feels “like a man” to her, she means she is sexually attracted to him, and if he were truly gay she wouldn’t. But I do feel uncomfortable with the semantics of that, and this speaks to Korea’s relative homogeneity as a culture, and how much harder it must be for Koreans to identify as homosexual than, say, in the Western world.)

Jin-ho drops In-hee off at home just as Chang-ryul arrives to see them. To his eye, the scene looks much cozier than it actually is, and he challenges In-hee angrily — what is she doing? Is she deliberately trying to look pathetic so he’ll let go of her? (That’s a pretty good insult, actually. I may not be learning much from this drama but it IS giving me a lot of one-liners to tuck away for future use!)

In-hee says that she’s done with Chang-ryul now, and she’s looking out for her future. She doesn’t know if Jin-ho is part of that, but she is interested in him, “because he’s different from you. That’s all I need.” Ouch!

The fact that it’s Jin-ho is particularly unacceptable to Chang-ryul, and when In-hee goes off on how miserable he is, he slaps her. Omo! And just when I was starting to feel sorry for him.

Chang-ryul blames In-hee for making him treat Kae-in poorly, while In-hee blames Chang-ryul for not properly breaking up with Kae-in and therefore setting off the whole wedding fiasco. These two really can’t take responsibility for their own actions, can they?

On the way home, Jin-ho stops to buy sweet bread for Kae-in, wondering if Kae-in would have skipped dinner while waiting for him. And sure enough, there she is, waiting on the front step.

Even though it’s obvious she’s been waiting for him all night, she lies this time — his lesson may have finally kicked in — and says that she not only ate dinner without him, she even ate his share.

When she notices his bag of dessert breads, he reminds her to have patience. Kae-in protests that someone who withholds food is the meanest kind of person, prompting him to hold the bag higher and out of her reach. LOL. I love immature Jin-ho.

Just then, Kae-in’s stomach grumbles loudly, giving her away.

They end up going out to eat, and Kae-in digs into a fish to put a piece into his bowl. This is a gesture a mother might do for a child, or wife to husband, and shows her level of comfort with him. It’s also rather crude to dig in with one’s fingers and present that to someone, and the fastidious Jin-ho complains. Still, when she makes a move to take it back, he keeps it.

Kae-in asks why he was so late, and Jin-ho lies about working rather than mention In-hee’s name. Kae-in declares that she’s not going to wait to have dinner for anyone anymore. The word “anymore” gives her away, indicating that she must have shown this side of her to Chang-ryul, too. Jin-ho points out that starving while waiting for a guy shows desperation, which is why she got dumped.

On the way home, Kae-in sees a streetside game machine — one of those punching pads to demonstrate strength — which makes her think back to the last time she was here with Chang-ryul. She hits the pad, thinking of Chang-ryul’s admission that he didn’t love her.

Reading her reaction, Jin-ho steps in to stop her. What will it take for her to get over Chang-ryul? He suggests that she accompany him to a party on Saturday, where Chang-ryul will be in attendance. There, she can confront him and declare that she’ll be fine without him. The best revenge is living well and all that jazz.

(Here’s a scene where the acting elevates otherwise plain dialogue. Sohn Ye-jin is at her best when portraying Kae-in’s vulnerability, and I appreciate Lee Min-ho’s way of conveying the conflict between Jin-ho’s curtness and his growing sympathy for her.)

This means we get our requisite makeover montage, wherein Jin-ho takes Kae-in shopping and to the hair salon. The latter scene yields another comic misunderstanding, because Kae-in sees Jin-ho’s friendliness with the very fey hairdresser and assumes this is yet another of his boyfriends.

And then, for the big reveal:

They arrive at the party, where Jin-ho tells her to have faith in him and leads her inside. Kae-in looks quite pretty, but who wouldn’t with that arm candy? Jin-ho actually looks proud to have her on his arm, which totally earns him points in my book.

One aspect about this party scene I enjoy is that the issue of Jin-ho’s sexuality is an underlying presence, but everyone has a different idea and he doesn’t bother to clarify it for anyone. They are just left to their assumptions.

In-hee and Chang-ryul gape in annoyed astonishment. Not only do they feel stirrings of jealousy, they’re both surprised to see them here together. In-hee picks up on Chang-ryul’s surprise and accuses him of wanting Kae-in back now that she’s all prettified.

Jin-ho makes his greeting to Do-bin, who greets Kae-in as well. Do-bin briefly explains how they are acquainted, and Kae-in assures him that she’ll be fine on her own while Jin-ho makes his rounds. Jin-ho uneasily leaves her with Do-bin while In-hee takes him around to identify various business contacts.

I feel a little uncomfortable when Do-bin tells Kae-in that she must be a lot of help to Jin-ho, because of her relationship to her father and all. She doesn’t know what he’s talking about and assures Do-bin that Jin-ho didn’t know who her father was, and they only became friends recently. (This isn’t going to be a problem, is it?)

At least for now, that issue gets shelved while Do-bin comments on the furniture he’d seen her working on when he visited the Sanggojae. To her shock, he offers her a job — he is making a children’s area at the museum, and when he saw her children’s furniture, he thought it was perfect.

Kae-in is about to tell Jin-ho the great news when the party is crashed by an unexpected visitor: Hye-mi. She has come here with Tae-hoon, thinking Jin-ho will appear foolish for coming dateless. In her usual manner, she’s loud and insistent, and attaches herself to Jin-ho’s side right away.

This doesn’t look so great in Do-bin’s eyes, who comments that Jin-ho has brought two dates to the party. Jin-ho knows how this is making him look and starts to explain, but Do-bin excuses himself before he can.

“Tact” is a word with which Hye-mi has no acquaintance, so she pushes aside Sang-jun’s attempts to be diplomatic and insists she’s here with Jin-ho. Hye-mi shoots the evil eye at Kae-in, pestering Jin-ho with questions of who she is.

Jin-ho tries to take Hye-mi out to talk in quiet and excuses himself from Kae-in. Hye-mi is rankled at his solicitousness, because in her world obviously one can only be polite to a lover. Actually, that’s probably how she DOES see the world.

Kae-in starts to explain, thinking that Hye-mi must not know the “truth” about Jin-ho’s sexual orientation. With sympathy, she starts to make the explanation, but Jin-ho steps in and warns her under his breath not to say anything stupid. Kae-in counters that he can’t “hide it” forever, thinking that he’s leading Hye-mi on by not telling her the truth.

Hye-mi fumes, interpreting the scene a different way, and does the classic “Bitch done steal my man” maneuver by throwing a glass of water in Kae-in’s face.

 
COMMENTS

It’s a little odd to see Lee Min-ho playing “normal” after making such a strong statement with an extreme character last year. At first it makes his acting here seem understated, but I think it works well for Jin-ho, who isn’t a mean bastard but just rather cool. His appeal is in the way he softens toward Kae-in, and the chemistry between them works best for me when they’re in a quiet, honest scene. The bickering is fun and all — and what would a kdrama romantic comedy be without lots of bickering? — but their relationship growth shines in the gradual steps they’re making.

I think Sohn Ye-jin is spot-on in showing Kae-in’s hurt, vulnerable side, and in showing Kae-in as rather dense but not entirely clueless. There’s more to her character than being a blundering naif, and many other actresses have missed the nuances she picks up on. It isn’t that she can’t fathom why she was dumped — she understands the reasons on an intellectual level — but she is having trouble accepting that that’s how it ought to be. In my book that makes her more idealistic than dumb.

 
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97 Comments from the Beanut Gallery
  1. rahrahrah

    lovin the recaps!
    the songs are awesome (;

  2. mimi

    I wasn’t sure if in the last scene Kae-in started to blab b/c she had a little too much to drink (I think she had 2 glasses of wine very quickly) or if she was in her right mind. I mean, how many times does she have to blurt it out then have Jin-Ho mad at her again before she understands what he’s asking her not to do?? It’s like the 4th time she’s done it!

  3. FasirisFay

    Awesome! Thanks a bunch- love reading these. Can’t wait till next episode :)

  4. Roake

    thanks for this recap, looking forward to ep 6’s!!

  5. momosan

    Thanks so much for the recap JB!

    Can I just say how much I love Sang-jun and Young-sun? Really.Love. They are real gems.

    And Kim Ji Suk is almost (but not quite) moving me to Camp Wang Son instead of Camp General Choi. Oh, and you have to love the scar on Ahn Suk Hwan’s face. That alone cracks me up every time I see him being evil.

  6. KC

    I miss his Gu jun pyo hair… haha

  7. linh

    Javabeans,
    As usual thanks for the recap. SYJ is such a good actress, she sure can express subtle emotions thru her acting and I can see it. I’ve been a fan of SYJ for a long,long time.

  8. miss_procrastination

    Thanks once again for a fantastical recap! I do adore their chemistry. They ooze cuteness!

  9. Melissa

    I love this episode :)

  10. 10 lambayyx

    @mimi – i agree. like seriously, she was told repeatedly to not do it, but she keeps doing it. it’s like she lacks the ability to learn from the same mistakes

  11. 11 Fairygoldenbuttetfly

    I really enjoy Reading your recaps… I’ve been checking dramabeans every minute to see whether pt recaps have been posted hahahahahahah! Keep up the gud work!!!!

  12. 12 gee

    thank you so much for the recap of this series! am raaaving for this series so far~

  13. 13 alex

    i love these recaps so much. your writing style is really great.

    i’m the kind of person who likes to know what happens before i watch something so i don’t have to focus completely on the plot and am able to appreciate other aspects of the show, so these recaps really help.

    one of the reasons i’m enjoying this drama is because it brings out the 12 year old in me too. lol and the fact that the lead actors have some talent keeps me interested.

    although there are definitely cringe-worthy moments, i still feel the urge to come back every week.

  14. 14 kaedejun

    one of the best recap i’ve read ever!!!!

    awesome beans javabeans!!!

  15. 15 LenaJ

    @6 LOL I miss the Gu Jun Pyo hair too.

    Thanks for the recap. PT is a show that I prefer reading your recaps of rather than watch the full episodes on vikii. I don’t know why.

    And people really like feeding Lee Min Ho fish.

  16. 16 sophie

    idealistic! :)

  17. 17 danni

    I agree about the age gap, it never occurs to me that the two are different in age which can be contributed I guess, to their good chemistry. I’m really loving Sang-jun, this guy cracks me up every time, love him. The way the relationship between Kae-in and Jin-ho is good too, slow but entertaining. Also hoping that Jin-ho knowing about who her father is and living in her house because of that doesn’t become an issue later as well. Thanks for the recap!

  18. 18 Jewels

    JB Thanks for the recap. I am really enjoying this drama too!

  19. 19 Icarusfalls

    LOVE this show!! The best friends are adorable and hilarious.. and the main characters are just plain awesome.
    For this episode, the makeover was so-so for me as I thought Kae In looked preetier before. The details in this episode are cute and hilarious. Like how Kae In keeps hugging Jin Ho and keeps doing ‘unlady-like’ things like burping while telling him she won’t do it in front of other men… I love their closeness…
    Did anyone else feel like the main boss guy didn’t like Jin Ho bringing two guests as he thought he was trying to hard to be straight.. the man himself seems to be gay. Or am I mistaken?

  20. 20 marshymallow

    haha, i totally agree with the one liners thing.
    i already used that “why should i get my hands dirty hitting you?” thing on my one of my friends today :)

  21. 21 ga-eul

    Personal Taste, i don’t think it’s good, that’s why the rating was not high from the very beginning up to last week! I don’t like the casts especially the leading lady of Lee Min-ho, Sohn Ye-jin. She is really too old and i don’t think she is pretty, she’s UGLY!

  22. 22 ga-eul

    It’s disappointing to know that Lee MIn-ho accepted this tv series. From Boys over Flowers, very successful one, to Personal Taste, a very boring and not good productions! His leading lady here, looks too old for him, looks his older sister! My Gosh!

  23. 23 ga-eul

    Many people don’t like PERSONAL TASTE, because i think they have a high expectations to Lee MIn-ho’s next project to be better than his Boys over Flowers or if not better, just good as BOF. But unfortunately, they were disappointed when they saw the first and second episodes, not to mention when they learned the casts especially his partner here, she is not suited for him to be his love-team, they don’t have a chemistry! The two, when you watch them onscreen look like younger brother and older sister! that’s sucks! Very disappointing this TV Series!

  24. 24 Freehee

    Someone tell me why I can’t be in love with Sang-jun. And quick.

  25. 25 reluctantbutaddicted

    Thanks for the recaps. I like this drama… I like its fairly laid-back (but not sleepy) feel, and I like a lead female character who is not full of fluff and lace and strappy shoes. And the two side-kicks, as momosan pointed out above, are wonderful! Both Lee Min Ho and the lead actress are doing a great job, nice and subtle but with good chemistry.

  26. 26 Isabella

    I must admit that in this drama, SYJ’s acting has tremendously improved since I last watched her in The Art of Seduction (which made me wanna throw countless of shoes at my PC screen and scream out “What the heck is she DOING? Is this worth calling “seduction”? Don’t those men have brains?)

    And LMH has done a much better job than what he did in BOF (although it was him who saved the whole drama). He really is a promising star, not just a guy with pretty face.

  27. 27 cheriosee

    Love this drama… some flaws here & there but still very entertaining! It’s much better than Taiwanese Drama.

  28. 28 Trisha

    This is really good! Can’t wait for the next. :)

  29. 29 ais730

    i hope it gets better.. i haven’t been successful in watching an entire episode of PT.. i lose my interest in watching after 15 minutes.. hehe! I like reading the recaps more than watching it.. I’d skip it altogether if not for minho..

    peace to all fans, just my opinion.

  30. 30 Magnolia

    ga-eul, dudeee chill…
    we know you’re 12 years old, we know..
    no one forcing you to like this drama
    but please, next time better come up with other argument rather than the female leads is ugly, cause its shows how immature you are..
    doohhhh…

    btw thanks Javabeans!
    great recap as always..

  31. 31 Kukilas

    Thanks for the awesome recap, JB!

    I wish I had me a gaaay best friend like Jin Ho. Especially since he comes with awesome Sang Jun as well. :-)

    This drama has me tuning in every week, and although its not as emotionally stirring as Cinderella’s Sister, I still love watching Kae In and Jin Ho start to develop their relationship. They are just starting to really become friends, and I love how they are starting to reveal their true selves to each other, a little at a time. Kae In is wonderfully vulnerable, and Jin Ho may be all cool and detached, but I love how we are starting to see him show true concern over her. Can’t wait for the next recap.

  32. 32 Sonam

    LMH has that mature look and by that I don’t mean ‘old’. …so I think this coupling works.
    @26 I hated that film and the way she danced was awful. But she was so good in The Classic and A moment to remember. Have you seen those?

  33. 33 Apple A Day

    This episode was kinda slow for me but I enjoyed it nonetheless.
    Min-ho is really HOT! And I still can’t get over how flawless his skin looks on screen! Is that real or just makeup ? LOL

  34. 34 Saris

    This episode made me smile and laugh outright. But there was one moment where I just about died with the cuteness of it all. It’s when Kae-in is holding her arms over her head, apologizing for blurting out the GAYYYYY. She says something cute and Jin-ho’s face cracks just a bit with this adorably endearing smile. It made me melt.

    I also love Jin-ho’s various reactions to the GAYYYY. He doesn’t always freak out when it comes up, but his subtle changes in demeanor and the different facial expressions that move across his face usually have me rolling. LMH is brilliant here.

    I love this drama. I get a lot of joy out of watching it. I don’t notice editing so much. In a way I’m surprised by, I’m very emotionally invested with couple and want to see every minute of the drama.

  35. 35 grace

    wow, your recaps are so amazing. thank you so much for your time!
    SYJ acts so perfectly in this drama, i can’t stop but say a million times when she pouts or frowns or smiles how incredible her acting skills are!!! and then LMH is just.. -melts- :)

  36. 36 Amy

    “It’s his assumption of how he might act as a gay man, not a representation of a REAL gay man”

    But that’s kind of the problem, isn’t it? That he assumes that that’s how gay men are — effeminate. It’s the same as stereotyping of any ethnic group (racial, sexual, or otherwise) in Hollywood films. I would say that as far as offensive gay stereotypes go, this drama is actually not committing too many of them, and what the writers made Sang-joon do there was still relatively tame, but I can still see why it’d be offensive.

  37. 37 kez

    I watched this episode & the 6th without subs – I cracked up on several scenes even without understanding what they were saying! I say the actors give justice to their characters.
    Thank you Javabeans for another witty recap. I look forward to the next episodes.
    Have a great week ahead!
    :)

  38. 38 Nhu

    @Amy – my understanding of what javabeans meant was that he was acting like he thought he would if he was gay, not that this is the way all gay guys are; which makes it less offensive. But correct me if I misinterpreted, javabeans.

    I do agree that this drama isn’t doing that badly in terms of gay stereotypes. It would be really interesting if jinhos mom found out though….

  39. 39 miniejungle

    I love the part Gaein telling Jinho “let’s be friends for a long time” – I guess with just one Young Sun as a true friend (we don’t count Inhee who i’m sure Gaein considered as friend for 10 years but betrayed her so badly); she was so glad to have another one to be called “true friend”. Thanks for the recap and i look forward to ep 6 (viikii sub is still not out… :()

  40. 40 asianromance

    Thank you for the recap! It definitely adds an extra layer to my enjoyment of Personal Taste. I’m not enjoying it as much as I had expected (there could have been better editing in both writing and directing), but I still enjoy seeing some of the Jin ho and Kae-in interactions. I sort of wish there wasn’t this whole “i’m sneaking into this house to learn your father’s architectural secrets so I can win a contract” thing going on in the background. It sort of taints my enjoyment of the two characters’ interactions a bit because Kae-in really does look to Jin-ho as a friend.

    Anyways, I really like how Jinho really is turning out to be like the gay-best-froend of Kae-in’s earlier fantasy. Their friendship is really touching. Bickering is cute, but friendship is better. Kae-in must have been really lonely. Her friend Inhee turned out to be a traitorous biatch and Young-sun does have her own family to take care of. Jinho seems a bit lonely too. He has Sang-jun, but he seems more like a coworker friend than a real friend.

  41. 41 lovedramas

    Thanks so much JB for the wonderful recap. I absolutely agree with you about SYJ’s acting and the special characteristic traits that she brings out in this type of character that many other actresses have not done in other series.

    A Moment to Remember is one of my favorite Kmovies and SYJ was just lovely in it. I think she definitely is doing a great job here – and I think she really looks her part.

    On the age gap – I actually really don’t think about the age gap that much at all when watching… I’m more forced on the where the story is going. LMH is playing an older character here so I think he’s doing a decent job although I think he could be a little better.

    I don’t think this is the best kdrama out there but I am really enjoying how to story is unfolding now. I’m wishing the cast & crew all the best in the upcoming episodes.

  42. 42 parkkaein

    Sang-jun is THE MAN!!
    He is so witty,
    so quick to react to any situation he sees,
    have I said that he’s damn humorous too?
    Not only am I looking out for SYJ and LMH,
    I am officially keeping a lookout for him too!

    LMH and SYJ chemistry really shines
    when they are together alone
    As to complaints to SYJ miscasting,
    besides complaining about her looks,
    there is not really anything else you guys can complain about huh?
    That only goes to show how superb her acting skills are.

    Anyway, it is a fact that she is in this project,
    so anti-SYJ fans, do not watch this drama
    if you hate it so much.
    LMH should feel proud to be working with a veteran,
    he can learn more than working with someone less.
    See how he is already exhibiting signs
    of becoming a better actor than he already is
    compared to his BOF days.

  43. 43 doozy

    Thank you so much for the wonderful and witty recap, javabeans!

    I love this show, especially love the growing closeness and comfort of Kae-in and Jin-ho. And yeah, I giggle at the GAAAY every time too… 12 years old and proud of it!

  44. 44 luraaa

    Son Ye Jin and Lee Min Ho are the best thing in this drama. Side characters such as Young Sun and Sang Jun make up for it even more.

    I thought I wasn’t the only one who doesn’t notice the age gap between these two, even though I had been a fan Son Ye Jin since her early acting days.

    #21, 22, 23, Ga-eul,

    I don’t understand your argument. How can you say that you find Son Ye Jin ugly when it feels like you’ve seen all the released episodes? Could you give me a better reason whey you don’t like this reason aside from her ugly face?

    “Many people don’t like PERSONAL TASTE, because i think they have a high expectations to Lee MIn-ho’s next project to be better than his Boys over Flowers or if not better, just good as BOF.”

    Are you serious? You’re comparing this to the disaster that was BOF? Okay, this drama may have some editing and directing issue (which I also notice at times), but I think you have to watch this first before you judge. And if you were able to finish the 25 episodes of BOF, then you should be able to watch 16 hours of this. Unless, you’re able to get over the fact who Son Ye Jin is.

  45. 45 Rizzy

    I am loving this drama more after each episode. :) Great acting prowess from the lead characters :)

  46. 46 Isabella

    @32 Sonam:

    I haven’t tried A Moment to Remember, but it looks good, I mean in terms of first impression. I remember watching her in April Snow, The Art of Seduction and The Classic. The first 2 totally turned me off. In April Snow, Yon-sama’s acting was beyond my tolerance, and maybe because the story didn’t attract me at all. We both hate The Art of Seduction, so no need any more explanation. For The Classic, I turned off the movie player window after first 5 minutes. Perhaps I was unlucky because The Art of Seduction was her first work that I watched, the bad impression from it didn’t let me try harder on my patience with The Classic, especially when I watched her character chasing some mosquito/bee in the room which made me think “here she comes again”. Maybe I’ll give A Moment to Remember a try when I have time. I don’t think she’s a bad actress but somehow I couldn’t relate to her acting in the movies I watched, that’s why I always hesitate when it comes to SYJ in any projects.

  47. 47 mellowyel

    @Saris (#34)

    I was gonna write that comment! That scene is my favorite so far in the entire series – it’s the first real sign that Jinho has a heart, and Kae-in is so adorable. And I also can’t stop watching because I love Jinho and Kae-in and want to see them get together! I only noticed the editing in the show when someone pointed it out, and I don’t find it awful – just a little annoying. Getting better though – the scene where Kae-in asks Jinho if she’ll be able to fall in love again I thought was well put together.

    @ Javabeans Thanks so much for the recaps! They help because without knowing Korean I feel like I misread some of the visual cues to the characters’ feelings, esp. Jinho – until I read the recap I was pretty much convinced that he was already in love with Kae-in, but I guess that’s yet to come. Obviously, I can’t wait ^^ Looking forward to the episode 6 recap! (and subs)

  48. 48 rainerust

    Absolutely LOVE your recap JB!

    (Will that get old? I suppose so, but I’m clearly 12 because I giggle every time.)

    …Me third. LOL. It’s really LMH’s expressions that are priceless whenever the GAAAAAY is mentioned! (Which was practically throughout this whole episode, and OH SANG-JUN KILLS ME I WANT TO ADOPT HIM AS MY BEST FRIEND ALREADY!! He is TOTALLY loving the fact that Kae-In thinks Jin-ho is batting for the other team)

    (You mean other than perpetual lateness? So I’ve been a “real woman” all this time by accident?)

    …LOL, I was going to raise my hand up for this too, but then again, Jin-ho does specify, “men” rather than “everyone” (in which case, you would probably just be a procrastinator rather than a femme fatale).

  49. 49 LL

    I was a little worried that Lee Min-ho, as great as he was in BOF, would be a one-note actor. But he’s really shown that he isn’t, here. In fact, I’m far more impressed with his acting in this drama, so far. I think that good actors can express and elicit emotion, but great actors truly embody a person other than themselves. LMH’s character in this drama is much more subtle, but also more fully realized, I think. Can’t wait to see more! I’ve never seen Sohn Ye-jin in anything before, but I think she is excellent as well. I’ve been slightly underwhelmed by PT so far, more in terms of writing, pacing, and directing, but I think it’s going to get better and better.

  50. 50 yuan

    i love the song!and the recap too!

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